While climate change and related sea level rise are still emerging priorities on the national and global consciousness, one of society’s most vital institutions — higher education — is already incorporating those daunting topics into its everyday thinking.
Already on many campuses, with surely more to follow, getting a college education includes immersion into facts and predictions about how climate change could affect the near and distant future, and not just for students enrolled in subjects such as geology or meteorology. Architects, civil engineers, city planners and other professions are likely to be affected in ways they have not experienced before.
Realizing that Miami-Dade County is among the most vulnerable areas for coastal flooding, Florida International University established its Sea Level Solutions Center with a wide range of research missions — such as studying saltwater inundation in freshwater wetlands and evaluating the vulnerability of urban infrastructure. The center’s purpose includes overseeing “interdisciplinary activities” to educate FIU students in fields such as architecture, engineering and ecology on climate change, Center Director Tiffany Troxler said.
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